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#559 Simeon54



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 04:24 AM

Hello all,

My name is Simeon. I'm not entirely sure what to call myself. For many years, I worked as a machinist and pattern cutter to high end fashion labels in the UK and Paris. I am now based in Amsterdam, having taken my Masters degree in fashion design here and am currently working on design projects with a mind to start my own label at some point. I am essentially self taught, although that actually translates into my apprenticing myself to various people to learn as much as I could, including my late best friend and mentor Jenny Sharp, a graduate of the RCA, London, from the early sixties, who worked briefly for Ozzie Clark. She taught me the basics of women's tailoring, and everything I know about moulage (draping patterns direct on the stand). 


If you want to see what I've been up to, you can see it here:


There is also some work there from my partner who recently made a collection of menswear inspired by Chanel. Not perhaps for the traditional of heart, but very interesting. We are both working with gender, and gender representation in fashion and clothing design.


Well, I'm happy to have found this place. It is a gold mine!

I look forward to joining in, as the time allows it.



Edited by Simeon54, 17 December 2014 - 04:26 AM.

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#560 rubberbubble



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Posted 05 January 2015 - 02:18 AM

After quite a while of just reading and „using“ this forum, it is now time to say „hello“, I think. And: to say a big „Thank you“ to the makers and those who actively make this knowledge base growing. I feel like in the land of milk and honey here, having found an answer to almost every question or problem I had.


It is quite a little fetish of me to study and compare different pattern cutting systems. As the main part of my work is pattern making, I can use this knowledge and make it experience.


Not to forget one point: craftsmanship. I have finished my apprenticeship as dressmaker in 1996 in Dresden (Germany). Only me and 5 others out of 12 apprentices learned in handicraft enterprises (throughout Saxony). Only one of them was a tailor, the others where dressmakers. I was lucky to have a tailor al colleague back then. She often showed me differences between tailoring and dressmaking and so I got an insight in tailoring as well. Well, I was more interested in pattern making at this time ;)


Then in my fashion design studies only 5 out of 10 have been dressmaker/tailor before (here again only 1 tailor). The tailoring profession unfortunately is dying off. Isn't it? Even traditional skilled dressmakers are rare nowadays. I can tell from my experience, that most freshly finished dressmakers (trained at schools only) have poor manual skills and not even a sense or an eye for quality, which makes it very hard to exchange experiences.

The more I appreciate this forum here as a place of education as well as exchange and data base.

I hope, one day I can do my bit and bring in some of my experiences here.

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#561 sartorialbay



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 08:14 PM

Thank you for your warm welcome here. Its glad to have forum like this.

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